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Rats are everywhere!  That is, everywhere humans are.

Rats can berats-leaving-sinking-ship-1611324_960_720-2 traced first, from Asia where they then spread throughout Europe along trade routes.  Then they were brought to the Americas by ships transporting people and supplies, to the new world.

In California, two species of non-native rats are primary pests in urban  and suburban communities.                                                                     roof-ratThe ROOF RAT (aka the black rat, tree rat) will live indoors, in attics and upper levels of structures and outdoors in trees, dense vegetation and tall hedges.  They love palm trees, with their dense layers of fronds.   They are known for their climbing skills and have even been seen tightrope walking between telephone poles.  The NORWAY RAT (aka, the norway-ratsewer rat, brown rat) is larger and heavier than his cousin the roof rat, therefore he stays close to the ground, burrowing near buildings, under woodpiles and in garden landscapes.  He is also famous for traveling in sewers, and occupying the  lower levels of structures. These rats are more of a problem in industrial zones and  in densely populated, inner-city or downtown areas.

Rats live very well with humans and most of the time, they go unnoticed, until they start to overpopulate, then,  trat-in-kitchen-on-platehey are everywhere.

Like flies, they live especially well on our garbage. And we produce a lot of garbage.

Rats live to forage, mate and reproduce. A female rat can breed as many as 500 times with different mates throughout their lifetime. baby-rats-by-alexey-krasavinOne female rat can be ancestor to a 1000 rats, over an 18 month period.  Rats give birth to litters of pups (baby rats)  consisting most often, of 5 to 7 individuals.   By the age of three months, they are babies no longer and are ready to reproduce. Rats typically live around two or three years.

Female rats choose accessible attics as nurseries for their young because attics provide safety from predators, including male rats that will feed on  newborns. They  leave only to scavenge food and most always at night.  Male rats will stay where food and water are abundant forgoing the trouble inherent in climbing to an attic and the fight that would surely result if they were to encounter a female.  Male rats are extremely territorial and will fight to protect their domain.

Here are the three most asked questions about rats:

  1. How can I tell if I have a rat problem?


  • The patter of running feet on the roof.
  • Droppings along runways, by pet food and water bowls, behind air conditioning equipment and around firewood storage areas.
  • Gnaw marks on wood,  pipes or wiring (including vehicle wiring).
  • Fallen and gnawed fruit , empty snail shells, torn garbage bags, a dead rat in the pool or nesting material in BBQ’s or storage sheds.


  • Disturbed insulation in the attic , damage to ductwork or gnawed wallboard.
  • Lines of droppings and puddles of urine along floors and in the attic.
  • Food packages/containers that have been chewed or gnawed.

Fact! Rats are nocturnal so if you see one rat outside in the daytime, you have hundreds lurking close by in the landscape!

2. Why do I have rats? Rats are always looking for easily accessible food options and safe, warm shelter in which to raise their young.  Man-made structures are chosen as harborage areas because they provide all the resources that invading rats actively seek out.  Rats are well-equipped to adapt to most environments, that being said, they can invade structures through any crack or crevice large enough to squeeze through.

rat-in-the-trashOpen garbage cans and pet food bowls left outside make the perfect food sources for those rats looking for an easy meal. Unkept yards and unrepaired structures provide them safe harborage. Mowing tall grasses, pruning dense foliage and repairing holes in walls will go a long way to protect your property from rats.   Once rats have been drawn to your property, they’ll continue to forage around the perimeter ultimately finding a way inside your home.

3. How do I get rid of them?  Rats must be controlled outside in the landscape to stop interior invasions. Your most effective control option is to call a pest professional Knowing where rats are, how they got there and what they were looking for is the job of a rat control specialist. Corkys Pest Control has perfected the science of Rat Control, here in Southern California, and our customers are loving it!  Call 1-800-901-1102 or Schedule a Service On Line.

it-works-no-more-rats-woman-4676131_640                                Don’t Wait! Get rid of rats, today!

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Rat Infestations. Now What!

A perfect storm of residential rat invasions has been created by the coronavirus-4914028_960_720Covid-19 pandemic.  People are producing more food waste at home, now that restaurant trash generation has decreased. Streets are emptier, so normally skittish rats are more likely to go exploring. According to experts rats can cover two to three (or more if they are really hungry) city blocks easily in one night. They are able to travel out of the city  or business districts and into people’s yards and homes.

No neighborhood is safe. Contrary to popular thought,rats-2-cute rats are not just an urban problem or a companion to poverty. Rats do not discriminate. Their hunting grounds include: residential homes, mansions, estates, apartments, businesses, hotels, just about everywhere a human being lives.

Instituting an anti-rat program is essential to keeping rats and the destruction they cause and the diseases (salmonella, rat-bite fever, Murine Typhus, Leptospirosis, etc.)  they carry, away from your home. Seal gaps under doors or other entrance points into your home. Make sure your trash stays in tightly sealed, lirat-in-trash-bag-2dded bins.  Avoid keeping yard debris, like leaf piles or construction materials around the house.  Clutter is a rats best friend.  It gives them a safe place to live and raise their young.

Know the signs of rat infestation. Look for droppings and gnaw marks. Check around dense vegetation or shrubs, (rats like to dig burrows in areas with heavy ground cover). Keep your eye out at night, that’s when  rats are most likely to be active.

closed-restaurantIf our challenges now aren’t enough, rodent experts worry about what will happen when the country starts to reopen. Biologists warn that people could face nasty surprises when they return to workplaces where rats have had months to flourish unmolested. Especially worrisome are closed restaurants, which, even if they were rodent-free in February, might not pass rat inspections when the businesses are opened later in the year.

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone worried.  Raising awareness and sharing expert tips can help keep rats at bay.

If you have a current concern about a rat infestation, don’t wait.  Contact a pest control professional.  They are open for business and ready to help get rid of rats.  Don’t worry, pest control is a non-contact, essential business.  Call now.


According to the 2020 Chinese Zodiac calendar, the Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, January 25th and ends on February 11th, 2021. It is the 4717th Chinese New Year and the Rat is it’s representative.

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The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animal cycle and is considered to be the bringer of new beginnings and renewals.

So what does the Rat symbolize?  Strong Vitality and Fertility.

rats-2-cuteIn ancient times, the Rat was worshiped as a god and was offered sacrifices to ensure increased success and prosperity. Even today, in some cultures, Rats are revered and believed to be the reincarnation of deceased ancestors.

Feeding time for the ancestors at the Karni Mata Mandir Rat Temple in Deshnoke, India.
Feeding time for the ancestors at the Karni Mata Mandir Rat Temple in Deshnoke, India.

When it comes to the rat communicating with God, we can get a basic idea of how ancients looked at the rat by examining dream interpretations. Everyone has dreams, so is it lucky or unlucky if you dream about rats?rat-black-on-human-hands-photo-1474626575059-17c42b4e7bd0

Emperor Wen of the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC–221 BC) interpreted dreams about rats, as follows:

  1. If you dream about a rat, you could have many enemies.
  2. If you dream of many rats, you will continually fail.
  3. If married women dream of house rats in their hands, they are going to have a baby.
  4. If you dream of pursuing a rat, you will make friends with those who are dishonest.
  5. If you dream of catching a rat, you will suffer treacherous plots planned by others.
  6. If you dream of a cat catching a rat, you will be blessed because your enemies will be weakened from killing each other.
  7. If you dream about dead rats, you will be lucky.


rat-laying-down-in-kitchenLets go with the dreaming of many dead rats!

It has nothing to do with dreaming when you hear the pitter, patter of tiny feet (or the thunder of many feet) in the attic at night or see nasty rat droppings around the house.  You are wide awake! Luck is on your side as professional rat control companies are ready to help you get rid of rats and keep them gone.  Follow this link to view tips for keeping rats off your property and out of your house.

Here are some famous personalities, besides Master Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Rizzo the Rat (Sesame Street)  and Ben (the rat leader of a swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles in the movie Willard) born in the year of the Rat.

George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Wolfgang Mozart, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, Catherine I, Mata Hari, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Avril Lavigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alyssa Milano, Ben Affleck, Eminem, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine McPhee, Kelly Osbourne, Denise Richards, Mandy Moore, Diego Armando Maradona, Zinedine.Yazid.Zidane, Du Fu (a famous Chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Zhuangzi (an influential Chinese Taoist philosopher in the Warring States Period 475 – 221 BC)

Natural Diasters: Hurricanes, Fires, Earthquakes and Rats!

roof-rat-on-lightMembers of the Muridae family are the dominant species in every region of the world, due to their ability to adapt to and exploit new situations. Commensal rats and mice, those that live at the expense of humans, invade their dwellings, eat their food, upset their comfort, and frequently transmit diseases to them, belong to this family. Three species of commensal rodents are the most widely distributed: the Norway Rat, Rattus norvegicus; the Roof rat, Rattus rattus; and the Common (House)  mouse, Mus musculus.

When natural disasters strike, rats and mice experience the same suffering as humans. Many of them are crushed to death or drowned, die of starvation, or fall prey to infections. Their populations are frequently decimated. Survivors, fearful and disorganized, wander into new areas in search of protection, shelter, and food. It taRat yellingkes time for them to regroup and reorganize their social behavior, become familiar with their new environment, find safe havens, locate food and water, and memorize their movements. All this occurs before they can again begin reproducing.

Colony building and reproduction will only begin when their new ecosystem has stabilized. This typically takes 6 to 10 months under favorable conditions. As the rodent population grows and resettles, people have a greater chance of being exposed to the diseases carried by rodents. Rodent urine and dander also contain allergens that can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms in sensitive persons and more than 9,000 persons are treated in emergency departments annually for rat or mouse bites

rat-biting-girl-clipartFACT: Some rats, if provoked and cornered, will fight their way out of a confrontation, as will many wild animals. But most rats and mice do not directly attack humans. Young babies, bed-confined elders, and the homeless sleeping in doorways and alleys, however, are occasionally bitten by unprovoked rats.  In some cases, those cleaning up debris after natural disasters will come in contact with frightened rats (mice) and may experience bites. 

So even with immediately decreasing populations, rats are perceived to be increasing because they gravitate to the same areas as humans and become more prevalent and  evident in those environs.

Why are rodent populations, and their movements, so important after disastediaster-damagers? Because events like Hurricane Irma and Jose, the fires in our great northwest, tornados in the midwest and the earthquakes in the U.S. and Mexico, can change the ecology of affected areas, making it more favorable to rats and other vermin. At the same time, they can curtail community services that can keep these  pests in check.

For more information on Rats and Mice and the illnesses they cause and the diseases they carry, check out this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/rodents/diseases/index.html

Need to know how to get rid of Rats and Mice? Check out this website: https://www.corkyspest.com/rats.html